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Ipswich teenager accused of stealing songs released

A suspected hacker arrested for allegedly stealing unreleased songs from "world-famous" recording artists has been released under investigation.

The man, 19, was arrested in Ipswich on Friday on suspicion of copyright and Computer Misuse Act offences.

It followed a raid on a property in Ipswich and another in north London.

A City of London Police spokesman confirmed the teenager had been released and the investigation was continuing.

The inquiry was launched by prosecutors in New York after complaints from recording artists' management companies.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's office identified one of the suspects as living in the UK, and co-ordinated property searches with the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

Det Insp Nick Court said the stolen music was being sold on illegal streaming sites around the world.

"This sort of crime causes significant financial loss to those who work so incredibly hard to produce, write and make music for their fans to enjoy," he said.

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